The program will allow young people to ride bicycles with Iosco County EMS | News
TAWAS CITY – Area youth interested in careers in emergency medical services (EMS) will have the chance to ride with Iosco County EMS teams, after the Iosco County Board of Commissioners approved a set of release forms/waivers of liability for the program.
The action took place at the commissioners’ meeting on February 16 with a 4-0 vote. Commissioner Robert Huebel was not present and did not vote on the measure. They have also approved waivers for adults who wish to ride the rides with EMS crews.
EMS operations manager/paramedic Raymond Bruning II explained the program to the commissioners before their vote. He said it would give students enrolled in medical arts programs through the Iosco Regional Educational Services Agency (IRESA) — the county’s middle school district — a chance to get hands-on experience with EMS teams when they go to emergency calls in Iosco. County.
Recently, Iosco County took over its own management of Iosco County EMS from Saginaw-based management company Mobile Medical Response. One hope is to strengthen the ranks of people willing to come and work for EMS. One way is to get students currently studying medicine to start working for EMS right out of high school. Bruning said he hopes to pique the interest of prospective students in the EMS field right out of high school.
According to participant materials, the program is designed to “enable high school students interested in future employment in emergency medical services, as well as an individual wishing to study EMS for journalistic or academic reasons, a opportunity for first-hand experience”.
Bruning said most of the students who would participate are already enrolled in IRESA programs where they work in medicine. He said that in the event that students were on calls where the situation was “bad”, the students would be debriefed, or if the situation was really bad, the students could be held and not allowed to address a bad scene. .
Commissioner Terry Dutcher said he believes the program should be able to accommodate anyone wishing to enter EMS. He said that currently Alpena Community College has a nursing program and said EMS may be able to attract students from that program.
“Maybe we could contact them,” he said. “Not every student who enters nursing will want to be a nurse, maybe they will want to be a paramedic?”
Bruning said that currently EMS offers current nurses who work in the emergency room the option to do the rides.
“It will allow them to understand what we are doing on the road (before bringing a patient to the emergency room),” Bruning said.
Commissioner James Miner asked if only IRESA students would be eligible to participate in the program for one round. Bruning said that if there are students who are not in a program at IRESA, they could get a ride if they have a teacher’s recommendation, which means students across the county d ‘Iosco could be eligible to participate.
Commissioner and President Jay O’Farrell said each school district has counselors who would know if students may be interested in the EMT field. He said he liked the idea that they were trying to recruit young people to become EMTs, and said that a similar program in County Roscommon, where students were being trained in EMTs, has just closed and has succeeded.
Vice President Charles Finley, who works as an emergency first responder, thanked Bruning and said he was glad EMS was working on the programs.
“I think it’s something that’s very necessary when it comes to exposure,” he said. “Thank you and EMS Director Mike Eller for working on it; it’s an opportunity to have these medical first responders as a platform from start to finish, I think it’s absolutely brilliant, so thank you.
After discussing the measure, commissioners voted 4-0 to approve the waivers and allow the program to move forward with EMS.